The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]



    What are Complete Streets?

    Complete Streets” is a term used to describe ordinary city streets that are designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities, by any mode of transportation to use them. The more than 86 miles of local roads within the City are some of the most heavily used public spaces in the City.

    The system must be available for use by everyone, including people in motor vehicles, pedestrians, people who face mobility challenges, bicycle users and people on mass transit. A complete street should have a street-scape that is consistent with the context within which it exists and it should enhance the surroundings.

    A “complete street” encourages movement and kids, grandparents, adults of all ages will be active, healthy, feel connected to their neighborhoods and more secure. 

    Why Complete Streets?

    Public policies that are vehicle-centric detract from the healthy functioning of the community and hinder achieving a versatile, high quality street environment. Given that 37% of the City’s residents are under 18 or over 64, we need streets that are safe and accessible for the young and the old. Attractive, well laid out, versatile streets that are well-maintained complement community development and economic development.  Besides fostering better mobility, a focus on non-motorized access and maintenance for Kingston's streets with the interests of pedestrians in mind will aid air quality and bolster sense of place and the local economy.

    What is the Complete Streets Advisory Council?

    Kingston’s Common Council created the Complete Streets Advisory Council in late 2010.  The group is charged with advising the city on ways Kingston can implement Complete Streets principles in its planning, design and construction activities. 

    Additional Links

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    CSAC Rules of Procedure